How to Check BitLocker Drive Status in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to check BitLocker encryption drive status when using Windows 11. BitLocker helps protect your data on your computer so only authorized users have access to it.

If your device is stolen or missing and BitLocker is enabled, your device will remain secured and protected. Because only authorized users will be allowed access the device.

You can turn on BitLocker to encrypt the operating system drive ( C: ), internal or external fixed drives, and removable USB or flash thumb drives easily. Once a drive is BitLocker protected, it’s secured and safe.

If you want to make sure a drive is BitLocker protected, you can use a built-in command tools to do that, and the steps below show you how.

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How to check BitLocker status for drives in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows comes with built-in command-line tools that allow users to check drives BitLocker status.

Below is how to find if a drive is encrypted with BitLocker in Windows 11.

You must be logged in as administrator or run the Command Prompt as administrator to use the tool.

First open Windows Terminal or the Command Prompt as administrator.

On the Windows Terminal or Command Prompt console, type the commands below to get all drives BitLocker status.

manage-bde -status

The command should display something similar to the lines below:

For individual drive, use the command format as followed:

manage-bde -status <drive letter>:
manage-bde -status C:

You’ll see a status for the drive specified.

When using PowerShell, run the command format below:

Get-BitLockerVolume -MountPoint "<drive letter>:"
Get-BitLockerVolume -MountPoint "C:"

You should see similar lines as below:

That should do it!


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